I am happy to announce our first winner for Christmas in July 2020:
One of her funniest holiday memories was this:
A fun little trip down memory lane!
As for my answer, one of my funniest memories is from a Christmas dinner. My parents went all out at Christmastime (which is probably why we were so poor the rest of the year), and would always kind of collect extra people to come to Christmas dinner, which in our house was on Christmas Eve. One year, it was the first time my father's Uncle Bill and his wife Aunt Viola were on their own for the holidays, as both of their adult daughters had moved to California. So my parents decided to invite them to come and join us.
A bit of background: Uncle Bill was well known as being really really cheap, and my father used to always say that "he was so cheap, he wouldn't pay a nickel to see Christ jump off the cross." (!) Aunt Viola was an amazing cook but whenever you went to their house, the servings were always incredibly tiny - so we all used to wonder, was she really that good of a cook, or were we just always hungry when we got home because there wasn't enough food ...
Anyway, when my mother called to invite them, Aunt Viola asked what she should bring. My mother said to bring something that they always have for Christmas dinner that they would miss by not eating at home. Aunt Viola said she would bring some of her homemade noodles.
Well. HOMEMADE NOODLES!! We were in heaven, waiting for that goodness, as my mother never made homemade anything, and we talked about those stupid noodles most of the day in anticipation. When dinnertime came, everyone was around the table, and just as we all had our plates full, and everyone started to eat, Aunt Viola asked my mother where the homemade noodles were. My mother responded, "Oh my God, things were so hectic, I put the bag on the table, and then forgot to make them at all!," to which Aunt Viola said that was too bad, but she guessed she would just take them home with her after dinner. (Meaning we would never actually taste said noodles, ever.)
Only later in the evening when all the guests were gone did we get the actual story. I guess when my mother talked to Aunt Viola on the phone, she said she would bring homemade noodles because "we always have them at Christmas, and [Uncle] Bill loves them." So when they arrived she handed my mother a small plastic bag with the homemade noodles in them. As in, ONE SERVING - for Uncle Bill! Because you know, he loved them! Both of my parents said there was no way they were cooking something that had only one serving and then giving it to a single person to enjoy. (Needless to say, it was said in much more colorful terms at the time.)
As you can imagine, this is the stuff of family lore. Uncle Bill and Aunt Viola never joined us for Christmas - or any holiday dinner - ever again, because for a few years their daughters' sent them plane tickets to visit, and eventually they moved to California to live near them.
So the next time someone offers to bring something for a meal, you may want to ask them about the number of servings ... 😂